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Sonja Lyubomirsky's "The How of Happiness," you'll find a treasure trove of research-backed strategies to boost your happiness. Here are 7 key lessons you can glean from the book:

1. Happiness is a Skill You Can Learn: Contrary to popular belief, happiness isn't just luck or genetics. Lyubomirsky emphasizes that happiness is a skill that can be cultivated through deliberate effort and practice.

2. Identify Your "Happiness Activities": The book provides a personalized quiz to help you identify the activities most likely to boost your happiness, such as expressing gratitude, practicing optimism, nurturing social relationships, or savoring life's joys.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice: Building happiness requires consistent effort. Treat your happiness activities like workouts - the more you do them, the stronger and more effective they become.

4. Focus on "Doable" Activities: Don't overwhelm yourself with drastic changes. Start with small, achievable actions that fit seamlessly into your routine, like writing down three things you're grateful for each day.

5. Focus on What You Can Control: Don't waste energy dwelling on things beyond your control. Instead, channel your energy into activities you can influence, like your thoughts, behaviors, and reactions to life events.

6. Celebrate Progress, Not Perfection: Aim for consistent progress, not instant results. Celebrate small victories and acknowledge your efforts, even if the happiness boost feels minor at first.

7. Embrace a Growth Mindset: See setbacks as opportunities for learning and growth. Don't give up when things get tough, but adapt your approach and keep striving for progress.

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